This position represents the Domestic Mission (DM) unit in the territory of the Rocky Mountain Synod, and is responsible for engaging synodical leaders, structures and strategies in the formation and development of Congregational Vitality: “Communities of Jesus that nurture life-changing relationships with God, one another and the world,” and reflects the purposes, principles and commitments of the synod, DM and the ELCA as a whole. This position will coordinate and staff the education of evangelical mission efforts in the synod through the formation and coordination of synodical initiatives that include but are not limited to:
1. congregational vitality; and
2. alignment with Future Directions 2025 (www.elca.org/future)
3. support and coordinate mission support and/or stewardship initiatives as directed by the bishop.
The person in this position is expected to fully participate in the life and ministry as the synod staff, synod initiatives including the current Rocky Mountain Synod Strategic Plan, (https://www.rmselca.org/sites/rmselca.org/files/media/2.0_summary_rms_strategic_plan.pdf as well as https://www.rmselca.org/sites/rmselca.org/files/media/2.0_full_rms_strategic_plan_.pdf) and is responsible for implementing and building upon ELCA commitments to ethnic-specific communities, communities of color, the young-adult population; as well as people and communities experiencing poverty. This person participates in resourcing the synod mission strategy with an emphasis on congregational vitality and leadership. All ministry of the DEM will be contextualized to the realities of the Rocky Mountain Synod, carried out in alignment with the synod’s strategic plan and integrated with the other priorities of the Office of the Bishop staff.
This position will be co-terminus with the synod bishop and supervised jointly by both the Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod and DM staff. Other assignments of responsibility will be made by the Synod Bishop and Director, DEM Relationships. The position will be based in the Rocky Mountain Synod and will serve as a living representation of the interdependent nature of the ELCA. This position is full-time and is co-terminus with the synod bishop.
1. Responsible for participating in the development and coordination of synod mission strategy including building and developing key relationships with missional leaders. Special emphasis will be given to working with Conferences and congregations in fostering collaborative ministry rooted in a deepened sense of Lutheran/ELCA identity. This position and table pays particular attention to the implementation of ELCA commitments to be in ministry among ethnic, multicultural and emergent communities; as well as ministry among people living in poverty. Of particular importance is the capacity to integrate this work with the strategic vision and priorities of the Rocky Mountain Synod.
2. Responsible for the formation and coordination of a synod mission table (currently known at the Mission Outreach Board) that identifies potential fields and resources for the vitality of existing congregations and new mission development of evangelizing congregations in the synod, including area ministry strategies, congregational mission plans, and congregational vitality. This work will be coordinated with other synodical work relating to congregations and integrated with the synod’s initiative for comprehensive leadership development.
3. Responsible for the administration of partnership support for the synod’s Congregational Vitality portfolio as it is defined within the context of the Rocky Mountain Synod strategic plan. Key to this work is providing leadership for the Vital Right Sized Ministry component of our Educate Equip Enact program, funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment. (see addendum at end of description)
4. Responsible for working with the bishop and synod Global Church teams to connect the gifts of the global church to new and renewing ministries for the sake of increased vitality and expanded vision for mission.
5. Responsible for identifying and recruiting of leaders for synod tables as well participating in the behavioral interview process to raise leaders who can also serve as mission developers and redevelopers.
6. Responsible for being a public voice on behalf of the churchwide organization and synod including preaching, share learnings and other leadership opportunities. Provides a visible witness to the interdependent nature of the church and communicates our shared mission and vision.
7. Responsible for participation in quarterly Relator conference calls which are scheduled for intentional conversation.
Must be willing to travel frequently via automobile and air (approximately 30%). A valid driver’s license is required. Travel within the synod often requires an overnight stay.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, use of hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. This position requires sitting for long periods of time. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
Experience and Skills:
1. Effective grounding in Word and Sacrament ministry, missional theology, the theories and practice of mission development, the Missional Church Movement, and in the biblical and Lutheran understanding of stewardship that responds to God’s grace in Jesus Christ.
2. Effective communicator in preaching, sharing learnings, writing and evangelical outreach.
3. Demonstrated ability working with leaders in adaptive ways and facilitating group processes as well as knowledge, experience and/or willingness to learn, listen and utilize the arts of community organizing in growing leaders and building tables.
4. Extensive knowledge of the organizational structure of the ELCA and its congregations.
5. Ability to utilize congregational trend reports and demographic data in the process of the development of congregational vitality for new and existing congregations.
6. Experience with missional strategies for the vitality of new and existing congregations.
7. Proven effective time-management and administrative experience and ability to meet deadlines.
8. Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, analytical and communication skills and the ability to work in partnership with peers, other DM unit staff, synod and regional staff.
9. Demonstrated competency among communities of color; and well as with people and communities experiencing poverty. Ability to relate and communicate well in diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic situations.
10. Spanish language skill (both verbal and written) is preferred or willingness to learn.
11. Active participation in a Christian congregation and God’s mission.
12. Ability to seek out additional resources and persons who can expand the capacity of the unit in doing God’s mission.